Learn the Lingo
When we're talking about lash extensions, the two most common things your lash artist will discuss with you is how thick you want your lashes to look (classics or volume), and how natural/dramatic of a look you want (curl type). Your lash artist will help guide you on how to choose the best style for your eyes, but it's important for you to know the "lingo."
Eyelash Extension Curl Types
- B-curl is the most natural-looking curl. It's mainly suitable for those who have straight natural lashes that just require a little lifting.
- C-curl and CC-curl eyelash extensions are the most versatile and common form. They perfectly adjust the shape of the eyes and allow you to correct the location of the eyes to make them look more open and expressive.
- D-curl is perfect when you want to achieve a dramatic look. Additionally, it is best if you have naturally curly lashes since it resembles a semicircle. They come out thick and expressive.
- Finally, the L and L+ curl a flat base and then lifts upwards. Choose this curl if you have single eyelids, very hooded eyes, and lashes pointing downward and straight.
Eyelash Extension Densities (Volume Fans vs. Classic Lashes)
Volume lashes gained their popularity around 2010. Clients wanted more than just length and curl in lash extensions. Volume is achieved by applying multiple extensions to a single lash. However, every extension is made lighter and thinner than the previous density. The lashes used in this case are extremely lightweight. Therefore, they give darker and softer results without damaging the natural lashes.
Volume lashes are defined by the number of individual lash extensions that are clustered together into a “fan”. Most artists use a number plus the letter D (for density) to show how many lashes are in a fan. 3D for instance would be three individual lashes clustered together to make a fan. 2D-4D give a lighter more natural looking volume style. 4D to 8D are used when to create a more voluminous and dramatic look. Additionally, they are ideal if you have naturally strong lashes.
Hybrid and Volume fans are generally anywhere from 3D to 8D. Mega Volumes vary and can be 10D to 20D depending on the stylist and salon. Naturally the number of lashes you receive is based on the health and length of your natural lashes, and your eye shape. Your stylist will advise on the best choice.
Lash Extension Set Styles
Classic: Simple, beautiful, natural-looking lash extensions, these are applied in a 1:1 ratio which means 1 extension is applied to 1 natural lash. This allows you to achieve an understated, natural enhancement. Classic lashes won't add much volume, but will add length.
Volume: Volume lash extensions can vary from a very natural look which adds some length and volume (2D to 5D), to a very dramatic and full look (6D and up).
Hybrid: This set gives you the best of both worlds. Typically using 30% classic lashes and 70% volume fans, this style is what we usually recommend for first-time lash extension clients. Hybrid lashes offer clients a varied texture and more volume, and are gaining lots of popularity because of their versatility.
Application & RemovalBOOK NOW
- 1. Isolate one natural lash at a time: Your technician will use tweezers to separate individual eyelashes in order to ensure that each extension is applied to one single natural lash.
- 2. Pick one extension from the lash tray: The technician will then pick up one extension from the lash tray and dip it into the adhesive.
- 3. Attach the extension: Using tweezers, the technician will apply the extension to the natural lash. It's important to note that the extension never touches the skin.
- 4. Repeat the process: These same steps are repeated until all of your healthy natural lashes have an extension applied.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “This sounds easy. I can do this myself at home.” And while that may be true, it’s important to remember that a lot more goes into the process than meets the eye. (No pun intended!) You should only have this procedure done by a licensed professional with the proper training.
Here are some tips to prepare for your lash extension appointment:
- Arrive makeup-free: Your lash artist needs a completely clean canvas to work with, which means no mascara, concealer, makeup, or skincare of any kind around the eye area. Expedite the process (and do your esthetician a favor) by arriving completely makeup-free.
- Skip the coffee: While this isn’t a painful process for most people, it can be nerve-wracking to have to be completely still (with your eyes closed) for 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Coffee, energy drinks, and caffeine of any kind will only amplify the jitters. It will also make your eyes twitch, making it harder on your lash artist to safely apply the lash extensions.
- Come cozy: While you can get this done before or after work, keep in mind that you’re going to be lying down for awhile. Dress comfortably. The majority of clients find the process so relaxing that they usually fall asleep!
- Go to the bathroom: Remember, this process can take up to 2.5 hours. Go to the bathroom before your lash artist starts the process, and avoid drinking for at least an hour before your appointment.
- Come with photo inspiration: What you might consider to be a natural look can be completely different from what your esthetician thinks is a natural look. A picture is worth a thousand words, so bring photo inspiration of eyelash extension looks you like.
- Stop retinol: Retinol increases sensitivity for some, especially in an area as delicate as the eyes. It’s a good idea to stop the use of all retinol, acids, scrubs, and acne treatments approximately 3 days before your appointment (and if you have concerns about sensitivity, talk to your dermatologist or esthetician - whoever you see for your skincare needs).
- Know your allergies: The procedure does have some risks to consider, including allergy to the glue (which may contain common allergens like latex, formaldehyde, and various adhesives). And if you’re allergic to cats, you might find extensions made of mink hair to be irritating, causing itchiness, redness, and/or dryness. Be 100% certain of your allergies before making an appointment, and be sure to share them, as well as any questions or concerns, before your esthetician starts.
Removal should only be done by a licensed, trained professional. Do not try to remove your eyelash extensions yourself at home. Doing so will damage your natural eyelashes and cause unwanted breakage. You also run the risk of pulling out your natural lashes from the root, which may prevent them from growing back correctly, if at all. For this reason, lash extension removal should only be attempted by your technician.
How to Take Care of Your Lash Extensions
Considering that eyelash extensions are meant to make your eyes pop, it's crucial to take good care of them to ensure they last longer and get the value of your money. Aftercare is important for the first 24 hours after the application to allow the adhesive to cure. Watch out for any sensitivity and itching within those first 24 hours. If you do experience any of these signs, you may be allergic to the glue used to attach the extensions. Call your lash professional and schedule a removal immediately.
Some essential ways to take care of the eyelash extensions and your natural lashes are:
- Avoid water, sweat, saunas, and hot tubs for the first 24 hours: Again, you want to make sure you're being gentle on the adhesive used to attach the lash extensions. Try to stay away from washing your hair for those 24 hours, too. We recommend showering before your appointment so you don't have to worry about this!
- Avoid rubbing, picking, or pulling at the lash extensions: Not only does rubbing/touching your eyes lead to the transfer of germs (ew!), but you can also permanently damage your natural eyelashes and cause your extensions to prematurely fall out.
- Try to avoid eye makeup: Using it within the first 24 hours is not advised. Some people stop using eye makeup altogether, since lash extensions can give you the same look as wearing mascara and eyeliner (depending on your chosen look). If you're like me and love to play with different makeup looks, then be sure to use only oil-free products around your eyes. This includes facial care products! Oil can weaken the adhesive bonds and cause the extensions to prematurely shed, sometimes excessively. Talk with your lash artist about extension-friendly products.
- Only use an approved eyelash extension-safe cleanser to clean your lashes: This one is imperative! Proper cleansing will help extend the life of your extensions and prevent possible eye problems, such as lash mites or blepharitis. Do not use cotton balls/pads, makeup wipes, or oil-based makeup removers to clean your extensions or remove your eye makeup. Our lash cleanser is anti-microbial and effective in removing any residual eye makeup.
Cost & Upkeep
Natural eyelashes, just like hairs on your head, are shed and re-grown on a regular basis. Your eyelash extensions therefore are only as permanent as your natural lashes. Everyone has different individual lash growth cycles but generally a person can shed 1 to 5 lashes each day, and around 20-30% of a persons natural lashes shed every 2 weeks. New eyelashes continually grow to replace lashes that shed, and most of the time we don't notice it. When cared for properly, your eyelash extension can last the full length of your natural lash cycle. However, because your individual natural lashes are shed at different times, you will require a refill every 2 to 3 weeks ideally to maintain a full appearance. Therefore, if you cannot do regular maintenance, skip the more dramatic extensions. Nevertheless, regardless of the size of extensions that you pick, you will still need to go for a refill along the same schedule.
The cost of a full set of eyelash extensions ranges from $150 to $230, and fill-in appointment costs range between $65 and $145. Some of the factors determining the cost are:
- Your chosen lash style. Classic sets (single) are cheaper than Volume sets (fans), for instance.
- The number of lashes used to create certain styles (e.g. level of volume)
- Your lash artist’s skill level